A YOUNG woman took up with the wrong crowd and turned to crime after her brother died in a submarine accident, a court heard.
Julie Huntrod agreed to send drugs to her boyfriend after he was sent to prison, Durham Crown Court was told.
Her brother, Operator Mechanic Anthony Huntrod, 20, died in 2007 in an explosion aboard the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless, while under the Arctic ice cap.
David Callan, defending, said: “That tragedy had a lasting impact on Ms Huntrod.
“It took more than two years for the inquest to be completed.
“She is from a respectable and hard-working family, but formed a relationship with a criminal who was later sent to prison.
“This relationship was not approved of by her parents, but she continued with it.”
The court heard Huntrod’s boyfriend, David Forbister, asked her to send drugs and SIM cards to him in Durham Prison.
“The parcels were sent to a cell mate,” said Adrian Dent, prosecuting. “Prison staff were suspicious, and the parcels were opened with the permission of the governor.
“The parcels were found to contain A4 sheets of paper with compartments hollowed out to give space for tablets and SIM cards.
“An anniversary card posted to the prison was examined.
“It had an embossed heart under which two tablets were found.”
Huntrod, 25, of Bingley Street, Town End Farm, Sunderland, admitted four charges of conveying a prohibited article into prison.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced Huntrod to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, an 18-month supervision order, and 100 hours of community work.
The judge told her: “I accept you sent these items at the request of your boyfriend, who was being threatened.
“The tragic death of your brother had a devastating effect on you.
“In your mother’s view, that is when your problems began.
“Your mother quite rightly disapproved of your relationship with Mr Forbister.
“You would do well to listen to her advice in future.”
The judge ordered the drugs and SIM cards to be confiscated and destroyed.